In recognition of International Women’s Day, we’ve spoken to a number of our female colleagues within the company, asking them to share their thoughts on women in tech and in business in general…
Let’s first meet Ruby, one of our software developers…
I’m an IoT (Internet of Things) and mobile developer.
I was drawn to working in tech since I saw it as a line of work combining mathematical/logical thinking with creativity.
I enjoy problem solving as well as the freedom to innovate. It’s great to have an insight into different technologies and there is always a new concept or approach or programming language to learn.
Sheryl Sandberg (Chief Operating Officer at Facebook). She has worked to the top of Facebook and is at the forefront of the effort to increase the number of women in leadership roles in tech, business and governments.
Advertise Computer Science degree courses to keen female Mathematicians in schools. Running some female only internship programmes at well-known Tech firms.
I’m involved in Accounts.
I like consistency, order and numbers and planning – which is exactly what Accounting is about.
The technology helps me to achieve my goals. It gives me the tools to work efficiently.
Meryl Streep, Malala Yousafzai
Give them more flexibility, recognise they work differently to men but equally well.
I’m also involved in accounts.
It’s very fast paced, which I really like – keeps you on your toes!
My mother in law! She is amazing. She juggled raising 4 children along with running a business with her husband, while also playing tennis to a professional level at Wimbledon!
Women probably need more credibility that they are able to do the tech jobs and that they are not just seen as ‘male’ jobs.
I’m involved in marketing for the company.
To be honest I didn’t really choose it, it kind of chose me, however what I enjoy most about marketing is that I get to combine being creative and analytical at the same time.
I enjoy working within the technology sector as you are always at the forefront of innovation. I also really enjoy learning – something that you are continually doing within this industry.
Not your typical answer, but probably the female members of my family & friends. I’ve grown up with some pretty strong and independent women around me, who have always taught me to speak my mind. I really value this now.
It might have improved now, but when I was at school there was never any emphasis or teaching on computer science or coding. In IT lessons you only ever learnt about Microsoft Office, which isn’t the most exciting of topics! (Sorry Microsoft!) Now I wish I had been given the chance to learn & experience coding as I really enjoy the problem solving element it offers. With this in mind, I think more needs to be done at a younger level to expose females to computer science & coding and the career potentials that are available to them.
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